Joseph Tomb caught up in Israel-Palestine dispute


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The Joseph Tomb in the village of Balata of Nablus remains one of the key unresolved and deteriorating religious issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians

By Nasouh Nazzal |February 6, 2012 | Gulfnews

The Joseph Tomb in the village of Balata of Nablus remains one of the key unresolved and deteriorating religious issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians

Ramallah: The Joseph Tomb in the village of Balata of Nablus remains one of the key unresolved and deteriorating religious issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians, with each party claims the tomb to be a main and undisputed ingredient of its culture and ritual traditions.

Since the tomb was handed over to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Israeli colonists from around the West Bank gather in hundreds to raid the site and perform their rituals.

 

Joseph Tomb caught up in Israel-Palestine dispute The Joseph Tomb in the village of Balata of Nablus remains one of the key unresolved and deteriorating religious issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians By Nasouh Nazzal, Correspondent Published: 15:59 February 6, 2012 . Image Credit: Supplied The village of Balata of Nablus which is home to the Joseph tomb, which is caught up in the Israeli-Palestine conflict

“In Palestine those sites had been connected to blessing and getting closer to God. Visits to Joseph Tomb aimed at treatment from diseases and financial help to the poor, where animals were slaughtered on the entrance of the site

Abdullah Kalbounah

Nablus Department of Islamic Affairs and Awqaf passed to Gulf News its official record of the number of raids the Israeli colonists conducted on the Joseph Tomb in 2011, where the colonists in big groups raided the tomb 36 times during the past years, ignoring the official procedures of coordination with the PNA.

The department said that only five official and coordinated visits have been paid to the tomb site during the previous year. Currently, Israeli colonists escorted by the Israelis military raid the tomb site at least twice weekly to perform their rituals, mainly at night.

 

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